Today's headlines from Afghanistan note:
"Sixteen Afghan civilians killed in rogue U.S. attack"
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan | Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:19pm EDT
(Reuters) - Sixteen Afghan civilians, including nine children, were shot dead in what witnesses described as a nighttime massacre on Sunday near a U.S. base in southern Afghanistan, and one U.S. soldier was in custody.
While U.S. officials rushed to draw a line between the rogue shooting and the ongoing efforts of a U.S. force of around 90,000, the incident is sure to further inflame Afghan anger triggered when U.S. soldiers burned copies of the Koran at a NATO base.
U.S. officials said an American staff sergeant from a unit based in Washington state was in custody after the attack on villagers in three houses. Multiple civilians were also wounded, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) coalition said
But, this U.S. attack is part of a deliberate program of extended violence!
How then is the killing "rogue" except that we want to label it as something "other" than what American troops are doing all over Afghanistan each day?All of the violence in Afghanistan is, in fact, violent. All of the attacks are, in fact, attacks.When we permit sanctioned violence, other forms of violence begin to permeate from our midst.A better way can be found in peacemaking! Toward eupan.~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.